Two goals late in the first half left one team smiling as it entered its locker room in Columbus, but the Philadelphia Union weren't that club.
Jairo Arrieta, formerly of Deportivo Saprissa, put the Columbus Crew ahead 1-0 in the 45th minute, after Sheanon Williams, once again starting at his unnatural left back position, and Amobi Okugo both had major gaffes defensively.
Our Diego, who is on the pitches, Hallowed be thy left hand, bring us your magic. Make your goals remembered on earth as in heaven, Give us some magic every day, forgive the English, as we have forgiven the Napolitan Mafia, Don't let yourself get caught offside and free us from Havelange and Pelé.
Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 one win from their remaining three ... Continue reading →
Argentina beat Guatemala 4-0 in a friendly last night with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick on his triumphant return to the national side in a less than taxing affair for the Albiceleste.
Messi's first goal was a bit of a cracker in its own right but it was his second, a penalty, which took on added significance as it saw the Barcelona Ewok draw level alongside Diego Maradona in the all-time Argentina goalscoring stakes on 34 goals in 11 fewer caps.
Given the holy surroundings of Argentina's two greatest footballing products, Diego Maradona (having inspired the Church of Maradona) and Lionel Messi (the linear nature of Messiah and all), Pope Francis, also of Argentina and a fan of San Lorenzo, was bound to kick the internets into action. He did indeed, even inspiring some of Argentina's print editions.
In England, we've spent the last decade wondering whether Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can play together for the national team. Perhaps the real problem was a lack of forward planning. Take Argentina, for instance, where Diego Maradona is already sparking tactical debate about how his newborn son, Diego Fernando, might fit into a national [.
Lionel Messi. Hernan Crespo. Diego Maradona. Sergio Aguero. Javier Saviola The long list of goalscoring Argentines can go on and on, and for this reason it should be no surprise that another young goalscorer is emerging in the South American country.
Enter Luciano Vietto. The 19 year old striker from Racing Club de Avellaneda finished 2012 as a regular for his side in Argentina.
Operating under the supposition that the Mayans were right and Friday December 21st will bring the end of days, Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport used it's 'final' edition on Thursday to pay tribute to some of the greatest moments in sporting history.
Nominated events include Abebe Bikila barefoot victory in the 1960 Olympic marathon, Zinedine Zidane's transfer to Juventus and Maradona's ridiculous goal against Belgium at the 1986 World Cup.
Less than two weeks after the birth of Lionel Messi's first child, Thiago, Brazilian football legend Pele has decided that the boy is a far worse footballer than Neymar's 15-month-old son, Davi Lucca. This has only intensified the already heated debate as to who is the world's absolute greatest baby footballer.
The young Crystal Palace star has been called up for the England squad to face Sweden. Since then Zaha has been talking to the press about his ambitions both domestically and internationally in the game.
Confidence is an important quality in a good player and something that the 20 year old has in abundance.
Lionel Messi's detractors have a problem.The amazingly talented Argentinian attacker isn't just good for Barcelona anymore, eliminating most of the criticisms of his game. For years, critics, blowhards and "experts" alike have attacked Messi for not doing enough on the international level. Argentina's failures have been unnecessarily, and unfairly, placed on Messi's back to the point where he resembles Atlas, struggling to hold up the Earth.
17.10.2013 -Diego Maradona revolucionó Milan con su visita y dio una conferencia de prensa en la redacción del diario La Gazetta dello Sport. Aquí diez frases: "Al moreno le gané con los votos de la gente ¡Pelé incluso perdió en Brasil! Porque Ayrton le ganó como mejor atleta.
With additions like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, PSG have done just about all they can to ensure they are the focus of attention in French football. Others in Ligue 1, like Louis Nicollin, owner of reigning champions Montpellier, are a little perturbed about this blatant spotlight-hogging.
Diego Maradona's sensational goal against England in the 1986 World Cup will long be remembered. No, not the handball one, which —in some circles — is better known, but the one where Maradona snaked through half of the England team ......
Diego Maradona's sensational goal against England in the 1986 World Cup will long be remembered. No, not the handball one, which —in some circles — is better known, but the one where Maradona snaked through half of the England team and scored one of the best World Cup goals of all time.
Artist Richard Swarbrick produced the wonderful animation.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona is being lined up as a shock managerial favorite for the open Blackburn position according to a report from ESPN. The report comes after former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp closed the door on rumors linking himself with the vacancy, but Maradona finds himself on a shortlist next to fans' favorite choice Ian Holloway.
After a brilliant Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate at El Monumental in Buenos Aires this past weekend, it only seems natural to keep the love in Argentina going strong. Today is all about El Diego, Señor Maradona, the man with the hand of god (La Mano de Dios), who turns 52.
Diego Maradona is in Kannur, India for a promotional trip and his arrival has been treated like that of a visiting king. To celebrate his 52nd birthday on October 30th, they held a big outdoor party, which gave Maradona the chance to show off his suave dance moves with model Ranjini Haridas.
Once he finished showing how he got his girlfriend pregnant, a 55-pound birthday cake was brought out and Maradona tried to sing Happy Birthday to himself.
Versión en español del artículo publicado en la revista France Football, en julio de 2003. Por PABLO ARO GERALDES
Veinticinco años después de su victoria en la Copa del Mundo, César Luis Menotti y sus jugadores vuelven sobre este episodio ambiguo de la historia de la Argentina, comandada entonces por la junta militar del general Videla.
Diego Maradona is reportedly on the verge of becoming the new manager of Iraq's national team. In an unlikely union between two of the world's main sources of chaos, the Argentine legend is set to be confirmed in the role before the end of the year. Spanish newspaper AS quotes Maradona's agent Hernan Tofoni as [.
Player Focus: Curtain Call for Edinson Cavani? is a post from: Serie A Weekly Player Focus: Curtain Call for Edinson Cavani? is a post from: Serie A Weekly For three seasons, Napoli fans have witnessed the emergence of one of football's potentially legend strikers. Playing for a club defined by its owner's outrageous personality and cult-like dedication to the Maradona days, Edinson Cavani has.
Napoli trail Juventus by just two points in the Serie A table going into their match against third-place Inter and a big reason for that success has been Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan striker scored 49 league goals in his first two seasons with the club and already has 10 this season (only Stephan El Shaarawy has more).
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a "wimp", according to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona. Speaking on his 53rd birthday, Maradona hit out at Aguero over his break-up with wife Giannina. The couple ended their four-year marriage earlier this year. Their son Benjamin lives in Madrid with his mother.
Gillette Stadium, Diego's House, looking a bit like El Centenario in Montevideo.
Argentinos Juniors stadium where another Diego started, way out back in the day.
The Kid is Alright and The Kids Are All Right Too plus an Interview with Lee Ngyuen
A VIEW FROM THE FORT by Jim Dow
In June, 1980 Clive Gammon wrote the following in a Sports Illustrated piece on Diego Maradona, the Argentine wunderkind who was soon to sign the then richest sports contact in the world to play for Barcelona.
An excited Diego rushes to get in the front row for the Princess Parade
The Sun have no doubt snared the biggest story breaking this morning with the news that Diego Maradona has been forced to nix a family holiday to Disney World after being denied a Visa by the US authorities.
51 year old football legend Diego Maradona gets the superstar treatment while in Kannur, India. And to celebrate his 52nd birthday on October 30, they threw a big party in his honour.
And the Argentine great wasted no time getting into party mode as he sang and ahem, danced with Model Ranjini Haridas before cutting his massive football pitch like cake which was topped of with a replica 2006 World Cup football cake, now thats one ball the living legend could not juggle.
The folks at DT don't know enough about hiding drugs to know the logistics of concealing marijuana inside a portrait, but it surely must involve a dash of ingenuity and plenty of cunning. It takes less cunning, however, to make the portrait of an extremely popular South American football star, and then carry it on a public bus through Colombia.
Remember in January when Mexican police raided the headquarters of soccer club Puebla FC? DeMarcus Beasley made a few tweets, we giggled, and then thought to ourselves #ThirdWorldProblems. Well, that flippant hashtag was incorrect. Today, the Italian police have raided the headquarters of Serie A leading (tied with Juventus) Napoli.
In 1990 the FIFA World Cup held in Italy gave us the official anthem "Un'estate italiana" which
translates english to "To Be Number One". The song is sung by Italian artists Edoardo Bennato and
Gianna Nannini. West Germany (yup it was still West Germany in 1990) beat Argentina 1-0 at Stadio
Olimpico in Rome, it was also the World Cup game Diego Maradona would lace his cleats up for.